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Alarms in the Heart

25 Aug 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Aug 2014
  • Label: Transgressive
  • Copyright: 2014 Transgressive Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 45:10
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  • ASIN: B00MWMG2W4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dickon on 27 Aug 2014
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Clearly something of a struggle to write and produce (as every self respecting second album properly should be - see the wonderful video about the making of it on Vevo) it is a triumph.

This is a wonderful album from a band that has consistently thrilled over the past years since their early incarnation as The Godwits. Liddle's soaring vocals offer a fagility and vulnerability that invites curiosity and awe. The musical arrangements are tight as drumskins, but without losing the sense of roots-folk-inspired freedom that has been so compelling in their earlier releases. Lyrics are dense, yeatsian, and thoroughly modern too... If this album leaves you unmoved do consider going to see a cardiologist, as you may not actually be alive.
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It is always challenging for a band to follow up an excellent debut and Dry The River's Shallow Bed was a good album by any standards. After a successful arrival it must be tempted to try and continue in that vein, to produce more of the same.

Alarms In The Heart is not more of the same.

This is less acoustic than their first album, it exists in a dark echoey space with sweeps of clean electric guitars, bursts of driving rhythm and Peter Liddle's sweet tones arching overhead like winter stars. The memorable tunes and harmonies are still intact and it is very clearly the same band, but focussed on a different aspect of their sound. It seems as though Liddle is incapable of writing a bad lyric- each song here is immaculately crafted, deftly shaping his trademark mixture of biblical images and autobiographical storytelling. The band push a little harder here, sometimes bursting into twisting fireworks of distorted guitar, other times drifting away into distant space as the songs stretch from quiet corners to wild open-hearted anthems and back again.

There aren't any songs here as immediate as "No Rest" - for that matter there are very few songs anywhere as immediate as "No Rest" - but this is a consistently strong album, worth listening to as a whole. I have been playing it a lot over the last few weeks and every time I hear it I like it a little more. It is a beautiful, spacious record, full of moments of transient beauty that hook their way into your subconscious so you want to go back and seek them out again and again. The shade and texture of it constitute a perfect soundtrack for autumn days and deepening evenings. Strongly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kinsella Frost on 31 Aug 2014
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Awesome! I cannot stop playing it. The best live band I have seen for many years. It was worth the wait.
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Being of the opinion that theire first album Shallow Bed is one of the best albums ive ever heard,i was not sure if DTR could come close to topping this album!However,Alarms In The Heart is an amazing album in its own right!With an emphasis on deep lyrics with mesmerizing vocals,you simply need this album in your music collection!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Christopher M Robinson on 25 Aug 2014
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Just awesome. There are just no other other words to describe how fantastic this album is
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Dry The River have managed to at least equal their first album, Shallow Bed. Real growth in musical sophistication and better balance in the lyrics. This album was definitely worth the wait!
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